On Waking

by John O'Donohue


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I give thanks for arriving
Safely in a new dawn,
For the gift of eyes
To see the world,
The gift of mind
To feel at home
In my life,
The waves of possibility
Breaking on the shore of dawn,
The harvest of the past
That awaits my hunger,
And all the furtherings
This new day will bring.

-- from To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings, by John O'Donohue

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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger

This poem for today...

I give thanks for arriving
Safely in a new dawn


Or it can be a poem to welcome the dawning of Spring.

For the gift of eyes
To see the world


Or thankfulness for vision and presence in the world.

The gift of mind
To feel at home
In my life.


Or appreciation for self and self-awareness.

The waves of possibility
Breaking on the shore of dawn


Open-hearted anticipation of how each day magically unfolds possibility into reality.

The harvest of the past
That awaits my hunger


And how the past offers itself up to feed the soul that seeks fullness by continuously reclaiming itself.

And all the furtherings
This new day will bring.


For all these reasons, for the advancing stories of our lives, rise each dawn with a smile, with strength, and with thanks!

Have a beautiful day today!



Recommended Books: John O'Donohue

To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong Conamara Blues Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom Echoes of Memory
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On Waking